Sen. Sieben out as running mate for Gov. Dayton


Sen. Katie Sieben has removed her name from the running to be Gov. Mark Dayton's lieutenant governor.

The Star Tribune reports Sieben said in a statement Friday, "There is more work to do to ensure that our economic recovery reaches every Minnesotan. As Assistant Majority Leader, I will work closely with the governor and fellow members of the legislature on economic priorities like raising the minimum wage and job creation."

Sieben had been widely considered a possible candidate, but Dayton has been completely silent on who he is considering for the spot.

The governor would not say if he has narrowed the field of possible running mates.

"I'm not going to get into speculation," Dayton said, according to the Star Tribune.

Earlier in the month, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon said she would not seek re-election to a second term. She plans to finish her current term, but her relationship with Dayton has seemed distant.

The Associated Press reports other prospects include Dayton Chief of Staff Tina Smith and former House Majority Leader Tony Sertich.

According to the AP report Dayton said he could name his running mate as soon as next week.

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